I’ve been asked to do a couple of weddings this summer and am looking for some good material to use for pre-marital counseling with both couples. The problem is that one couple lives 500 miles away, and the groom of the other pair is out on the East Coast for military training. I want to find something they can go through on their own, then talk together about it, then talk with me about what they talked about.
So I got Craig Groeschel’s new book “Going All the Way: Preparing for a Marriage that Goes the Distance“. I liked the book, but am now trying to decide what to do with what I read. It’s got some great stuff regarding choices and commitments that will enable us to live in a marriage that is everything God created it to be. If people lived the way he describes, they would truly be setting the table for great marriages.
The problem I have is one of timing. I think a lot of the book will be more helpful for young ‘unattached’ singles than couples who are engaged and only months away from their wedding. (Which is why I will be exploring the possibility of distilling the book for use in our student ministries – it really is good stuff.)
I can think of a number of students that I’d love to pour this book into. So much heartache and emotional damage could be avoided by making God priority over relationships. Going All the Way includes a lot of really practical truth about developing intimacy, destroying it, why living together doesn’t really make relationship sense, re-establishing abandoned values… if you’ve struggled with relationships with the opposite sex, get the book and gain some possible insight as to why.